Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains

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Macmillan, Oct 3, 2006 - Science - 463 pages
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"One of the best books yet published on climate change . . . The best compact history of the science of global warming I have read."--Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books
The world's premier climatologist, Lonnie Thompson has been risking his career and life on the highest and most remote ice caps along the equator, in search of clues to the history of climate change. His most innovative work has taken place on these mountain glaciers, where he collects ice cores that provide detailed information about climate history, reaching back 750,000 years. To gather significant data Thompson has spent more time in the death zone--the environment above eighteen thousand feet--than any man who has ever lived.
Scientist and expert climber Mark Bowen joined Thompson's crew on several expeditions; his exciting and brilliantly detailed narrative takes the reader deep inside retreating glaciers from China, across South America, and to Africa to unravel the mysteries of climate. Most important, we learn what Thompson's hard-won data reveals about global warming, the past, and the earth's probable future.
  

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Review: Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains

User Review  - Kobeest - Goodreads

this is a slow dense read, and i am still plowing my way through, but so far i like the stories behind the science. i will edit this when i finish... Read full review

Review: Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains

User Review  - Dale - Goodreads

A wonderful story and informative book on glaciers and climate change. Read full review

Contents

A Call from the Blue
1
THE SAJAMA EXPEDITION
5
The Mountain God
7
An Island in the Sky
11
Where Next?
31
Beginnings
38
A Decade on Quelccaya
53
THE WARMING SETS
75
Casting About
209
From Tibet
221
To Peru
235
Altering the Course of Thinking
247
Pushing Back the Bar
272
Solving the Mercer Problem
290
Endurance and Tragedy on Dasuopu
312
KILIMANJARO
322

First Signs
77
The Great Experiment
99
Temperature Follows Suit
125
China Opens Up
137
THE ESSENCE OF LIFE
163
A City by a Lake
165
The Seesaw
188
Drilling Deeper
352
The Story in the Snows
376
Notes
397
References
423
Acknowledgments
445
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About the author (2006)

A well-known scientist, alpinist, magazine and popular-science writer, Mark Bowen holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.

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